Happy Friday, y’all!
The kitchenette area of the Bungalow Barn is finally coming together, so I thought I’d share an update today. Jim and Katie bought the cabinets at Ikea, and Brian the Carpenter put them together. He said it wasn’t the easiest job in the world, but for the price, they were well worth the extra figuring out.
And to give you an idea of how cost effective they were, Katie got a bid from a local home improvement store for the exact same number and style of cabinets and it was just over $8000. The Ikea cabinets were $2800 and change. Neither of those figures includes installation, but what a big difference, huh?
As for the quality, I’ve read plenty of blog posts by people who have had Ikea cabinets that have held up wonderfully for more than 10 years, so I think Katie will be able to enjoy them for a long time. We used some left over beadboard for the backsplash, and Brian is going to install shelves and a mug rack above the sink area this weekend.
Kevin picked up the knobs and bin pulls at Home Depot…
Another neat change Brian helped with was on the bottom side of the trusses above the kitchen and living room. They used to look like this:
It was just four 2×12″ boards sandwiched together and I never really liked the way they looked, so I was determined to figure out a way to make them look like one, big beam. My solution was to have Brian attach thin, luan plywood to the bottom side, and then cap the edges with tiny, L-shaped molding.
To create a more intentional and finished look, I had him put it on the top edge of the beam too.
Kevin’s going to prime and paint the unfinished luan today, so it’ll match the rest of the beam. We still haven’t found anyone who will climb up there and clad the (ugly) 2x4s with nicer wood…so if you know of anyone in the Montgomery/Pike Road area- send ’em our way! 🙂